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jCarbonara
Joe Carbonara

Double Dose of Disruption

Business leaders often look over their shoulders trying to find the next disruptive player or event that will shake up their organizations. Well, in a matter of weeks spanning August to the beginning of September, the foodservice industry got a double dose of disruption.

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jMartinez
Juan Martinez

Electronic Ordering Insights

Kiosk ordering seems all the rage in today’s foodservice industry. While the process seems simple and intuitive for many consumers, implementation is another story. 

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jStiegler
Jerry Stiegler

Retail Sales Up, Panda Restaurant Group Invests in Urbane Cafe, Pizza Hut Develops New Oven-Hot Delivery System, and More

Total retail sales rose in September, as did restaurant sales, per the U.S. Census Bureau. Pizza Hut has developed an improved pouch for delivery orders. Urbane Cafe has received a strategic investment from the founders of the Panda Restaurant Group. These stories and a whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

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Darden Appoints Lee CEO

Darden Restaurants' Board of Directors has appointed Eugene Lee to serve as its chief executive officer effective immediately. Lee previously held the position on an interim basis.

Lee brings more than 30 years of restaurant operating experience to the role, including serving as Darden's president and chief operating officer for one year. Prior to that Lee served as president of the company's Specialty Restaurant Group (SRG) for six years. He joined Darden in 2007 as part of its acquisition of RARE Hospitality International, where Lee served as president and chief operating officer. 

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